Christian Children’s Fund Refuses Charity Tainted by D&D

The Gen Con Live Auction last August was originally supposed to be sponsored by the Children’s Christian Fund, the favorite charity of Gary Gygax, co-creator of Dungeons and Dragons. It’s safe to assume that Gary probably donated a fair amount to the charity, himself.

So it’s rather unfortunate to read that CCF withdrew from sponsoring the auction, and therefore the receiving of the proceeds, when they discovered that some of the items to be sold were D&D material. I prefer to think of it as vast ignorance rather than vast stupidity, but I’m waiting to hear a response from CCF.

The proceeds instead went to the Fisher House Foundation.

(source)

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12 Responses to “Christian Children’s Fund Refuses Charity Tainted by D&D”

  1. Geek Gazette Says:

    “I prefer to think of it as vast ignorance rather than vast stupidity…”
    I would say it is a lot of both. Hypocrisy at its finest… how sad.

  2. Ravyn Says:

    Depressing. Seriously depressing. Particularly if he did donate…

    …..there are no good words for this. Particularly not printable ones.

  3. D. Ware Says:

    That’s a tough one. I can understand them not wanting to “sponsor” the auction if anything objectionable was going to be auctioned including D&D, swords, maces, demon costumes, etc. I’m not sure if that means the would have rejected the proceeds if offered. There is a verse in th Bible about things offered to idols and it holds that just because something is offered to a false god that does not exist does not mean it cannot be consumed/used by a Christian who is consuming or using it as what it is and not what significance it may have had when it was offered. Yet the same book in the Bible says that it accepting, consuming or using it offends our Christian conscience then we should not accept it. So to be fair them they may have simply withdrawn out of conscience.

  4. Luis Says:

    D&D is evil! Eeeeeeeeviiiiiiilllllll!

    Ironically, one of the creators is Christian.

    Eeeeeeeviiiiiilllll!

  5. Wyatt Says:

    Very sad. Even as a religious charity, I think they should put these things aside and accept the money for those that will need it. But it is good that the money ended up in the hands of someone else who needed it.

  6. Kungfugeek Says:

    Giving them the benefit of the doubt, it may be that the CCF itself didn’t have a problem with D&D, but perhaps they were thinking that other prominent supporters of theirs would be bothered by the association.

  7. Atreides Says:

    Further evidence of the backwardness of Christianity.

  8. RPG Ike Says:

    It’s frustrating that now, where we are fortunate enough to self-educate on nearly any topic you can imagine with little more than the time involved, people’s useless fears or misgivings about something as beneficial as D&D can guide them to making obtuse decisions.
    Wake up, people.

  9. bartoneus Says:

    “Further evidence of the backwardness of Christianity.”

    It’s thinking like this that begins the kind of misinformation we’re talking about in the first place. Just as not all D&D is related to evil, not all christians think like this. Seriously now…

  10. Random News Table for October 17th | UncleBear Says:

    […] Christian Children’s Fund Refuses Charity Tainted by D&D CCF withdrew from sponsoring the auction, and therefore the receiving of the proceeds, when they discovered that some of the items to be sold were D&D material. I prefer to think of it as vast ignorance rather than vast stupidity, but I’m waiting to hear a response from CCF. […]

  11. jonbrazer Says:

    *rolls eyes* I’m a Christian and I gotta say, they’re idiots. Gygax was a christian for crying out loud.


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